Today was a replacement for the usual Wednesday flying. Many thanks to those who arranged it and the volunteers running the operation. We were a select few today, but the flying was some of the best since we restarted flying with strong thermals and a high cloudbase. Unlike Sunday, only 6000ft though!
Today was an exceptionally good day, with a brisk ESE wind but local cloudbases above 6000′ ! We were limited to three Club gliders, with six allocated pilots and of course worked as a team to comply with our Covid19 mitigation restrictions. Many thanks to all, especially John H. for standing in at short notice to fly the tug, even though he was on duty yesterday (and doesn’t need the practice), interrupting his ARC inspection work and extra thanks to the two LPCs ( Chris B & Chris R), who have additional workload at these times.
We did 19 winch launches and 4 tows and, third time lucky from the winch, Andy N. exceeded 6000′ for his Silver height gain ( to be confirmed). Our cross-country exponents romped round their tasks in such good conditions; check out the daily scores in the National Ladder ( from our website link).
As we are now happily starting to get back into the air 🤗 (and for some of us back to work☹️) there appears to be less demand for our virtual sessions. Therefor the plan is, unless anyone has any alternative feedback, to cut back on the frequency of our flights to once a week.
Therefore the next flight is planned for Sunday evening at the usual time.
The sessions we have put together have been well supported and it was this support that made them so successful and enjoyable.
Thanks to Dan for his support with his technical knowledge and all the pilots making it so much fun.
Just a quick thank you to everyone that made my job as duty instructor over the last couple of days so easy, a great team who worked well within the club’s procedures. Also well done to Damien & Hugh Stewart for revalidating their aerotow approvals today & Nick Bowers who took time out of the workshop to renewed his acquaintance with the K6.
Due to the forcast of very high winds, risk of showers & poor soaring potential I (in conjunction with Mike Jenks) have decided to cancel flying on Saturday. Given that we are obliged to operate in a very conservative way for the time being & the need to restrict “man”power on the airfield I judge the risk of aircraft ground damage to be another factor in this decision.
Thankfully the forecast is better for Sunday & the whole of next week so losing a day shouldn’t be a big deal. I look forward to seeing you all again.
Today was a trial to see if we could operate safely under the new current government rules. The CFI gave 17 members a long and thorough briefing, and we then flew some Venture flights and eight aerotows with a mix of private and club gliders. The soaring wasn’t great and most of us struggled to stay airborne in very weak blue thermals but it was great to be flying again. The images show Mike Thorne in 919 taking the first launch at the club since the end of March.
After flying we then had a very thorough group debrief and discussion. We are certain that we can fly and run the club safely, but there are many new important procedures and practices to follow. The Chairman will be sending out an email at the end of the week to explain.
It’s unlikely we will fly on Friday due to the weather, but we plan to on Saturday where we will be using the winch as well as the tug.
There will be solo flying by aerotow only on Wednesday 20th for those who have arranged flying with the CFI. We then plan to have a more normal operation from Friday, but solo only unless with a member of the same household.
Last evening’s outing to Parham was an outstanding success! Most pilots had not experienced the thrill of blasting along at 100+ knots at (and below 👏👌👍😂) tree top height! (What happens in condor stays in condor😁👍)
We are going to Wales tomorrow! This will require a new scenery area. If you wish to join please download: West-UK2 (1.00)
Condor have released an update which supersedes previous versions, there is also a separate updated hangar available.
As the dedicated server has not been updated as of yet if you are running the updated version you won’t be able to join multiplayer until such time as the server is updated as I discovered this evening.
There are lots of new features with the update, notably there is now a ‘spectate’ function so those who are not running condor can follow tasks if they wish.
I saw the Yaks practicing on Weds here in Marnhull but there were only 3 and I don’t think they had sorted the smoke out as it all looked a bit random.
Just like Jorn I saw the 5 Yaks going round and round for about an hour this morning looked like they were doing a circuit Gillingham, Shaftsbury, Sturminster Newton, Marnhull, Stallbridge and maybe out as far as Wincanton they were writing messages all the way round including “VE 75” – “Thank you” – We’ll Meet Again” were the ones I saw, then I watched them go back into Henstridge. I managed to take this Photo
Just thought I’d share a photo of the skytyping we were treated to by the Yakovlevs here in Templecombe. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good photo of the motto of the day (the subject line) and thought it was an invitation to a barbecue (well, meat again), but at least it became obvious that the pilots were suitably grateful for being allowed to fly. Wouldn’t we all!
I hope the condor pilots aren’t boring everyone with our continued use of the blog, however I would just like to thank Dan Pike who has set up a dedicated server, his technical know how leaves me dribbling in the corner of the room, his server will host all on line events with fewer hick ups I hope, we tested it tonight with 7 pilots joining with a minor problem being sorted at the start, once up and running most completed the club 100k task SAS BLD. Tonight’s task was a bit more challenging due to the weather settings, this caused a couple of land outs, but I was also privileged to see some aerobatics from Tomas and Nicky that Tim Dews would have been proud of (better to land with the wheel down though Nicky👍😂) All in all still with the same friendly club atmosphere.
we are planning the next task for Friday evening at 19.00 an out and return to Aston Down.
if there are any specific tasks anyone would like to do please drop me a line, about 100k is about right time wise.
Another good social tonight with George arranging a club 100k task TIS-BRU-MEL with a South Westerly 12knot wind and 4k cloudbase. 6 members participated tonight and all completed the task with George securing top honours. I languished near the bottom but made it round so that was something! Although I did recover from losing the tow at 500ft.
To make it easier I purchased a standalone wireless numerical keypad from Amazon for around a tenner which makes it easier than fumbling the keyboard for those more widely used functions (pic attached).
Just to remind you what it looks like there’s a screenshot of Keevil too!
I hope everyone is fit and well, if not fit at least well?!
Is anyone interested in a group flight, flying on line today at 14.00 using Condor2? I am hoping to Host a flight which will be named “BWND” the password will be “Discus”
All you will need is “UK south EastUK3″scenery.To join the session all you need to do is go to the Condor2 home page, klick on Multiplayer and a list of sessions will show up, then scroll down until you see BWND and press Join, this will then as if you want to start Condor 2 , press confirm and the program should start in the multiplayer screen with the server address already filled out within the game. At this point press join and you should see the task for today, select your steed check the weather tab etc and press start,
Carrying on from Chris’ awesome video from Peru. I wanted to show you some videos from a little project I have been working on myself.
One of my favourite travel cinematographers, recently shared this shot of him flying across the tops of palm trees, it wasn’t an ordinary drone shot, but one created using a FPV Drone. After a little more searching on the topic of FPV drones I came across Johnny_FPV, this kid makes his living by creating cinematic FPV Shots, and his work is amazing.
Since there was to be no gliding for a foreseeable while, I decided to order one of these FPV drones and try it myself. I trained by flying a micro drone called a Tinywhoop round the house, and once I was proficient with this I decided to take out the full scale version.
Disclamer: I have a CAA “Licence” (Its referred to as Flyer ID) with a Operator ID and a Flyer ID and a friend as a spotter, and we do not fly near the public or livestock. The people in the video are my friends who happen to be Key Workers such as myself & we all work together at the same place.
Hi everyone, hope you are all well!
If anyone else is holed up with a bit of cabin fever and feeling bored I have finally put together a film from my Peru Trek during 2016.
Remember what the great outdoors looks like?
Its a bit lengthy, 45 minutes! So pull up a llama and grab a beer.
For those with smart TV’s you can view on youtube on the big screen.
Further to my post yesterday a few members have been in touch regards setting up. I thought I would add a few pointers here.
Before you do anything make sure that you record all your passwords and usernames etc exactly as you enter them when you install Condor as you will need this for Condor updater etc which is a separate add on.
A – Condor 2: https://www.condorsoaring.com/
B – Condor Club: Additional landscapes, forum & comps etc (separate entity from Condor) it’s free so set up a user account- https://www.condor-club.eu
C – Condor Updater – You can access the link for this from the landscapes tab of condor club above – https://www.condor-club.eu/i/CondorUpdater_Setup.exe
Joystick – You WILL need this so order at the outset. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-Extreme-Pro-Precision-Joystick/dp/B00CJ5FPTA/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=extreme+pro+3d+joystick&qid=1586345353&sr=8-1
1 – In the first instance download Condor 2 (ITEM A) and set up your pilot credentials noting exactly how you enter your name as you will need this for Condor updater.
2 – Go to condor club as link above (ITEM B)and join.
3 – Download Condor updater from Condor Club (ITEM C). (Not essential to use Condor 2 however if you want to download UK areas for free you will need it) This enables download of landscapes from the Condor Club site. I would suggest paying for the premium updater membership for 12 euros per year as this gives unlimited downloads and doesn’t throttle downloads. Condor Updater allows you to download complete landscapes without having to extract files etc or search for them in Condor Club. The updater shows which landscapes are available to download that aren’t currently in your inventory on your PC.
As before if anyone requires assistance happy to share my limited knowledge.